Some Routines Are Good For You!
While we all want to be special, there are times in life when just being regular is the best choice. Routine, scheduled visits to the dentist will in time make you feel special because your bright healthy smile will show you care – not only about your appearance, but also about your entire well-being.
Regular visits to Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group act as a defensive line against gum disease, decay and tooth loss. Many expensive restoration procedures can be avoided if you simply visit your Carmichael dentist, Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh, every six months for routine dental care. With the latest anesthetics and cleaning techniques, your visit will be quick, stress-free and good for you and your future health.
Dentistry has many new techniques that may address why your visits have been irregular, or maybe even nonexistent. Sleep dentistry, for example, makes visiting the dentist easy for many patients. Come in for a visit to the Marconi Dental Group. We are ready to make you smile about seeing the dentist!
What could be easier than examining your own teeth – you just open your mouth and look in a mirror, right? So some people say, “Why bother going to a dentist?” That’s a mistake that people regularly end up paying for with serious dental problems and many lost teeth. While you may be able to look inside your own mouth, the dental experts at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group are qualified to check, examine, preserve, identify, diagnose, evaluate and plan your complete dental health. Our dentists accomplish all of this in a quick and convenient dental exam.
What Happens During Your Dental Exam
Alongside our dentists, our staff of highly qualified hygienists are ready to identify potential problems with your teeth and gums. Your complete dental exam includes the following safe procedures, administered in our comfortable office:
- Check for oral cancer, by examining your facial area, mouth and throat.
- Check for gum disease, by looking at your gums and bone, searching for excessive pockets, gaps or regression – early indicators of potential periodontal disease.
- Examine your teeth for decay, using the latest innovations in dentistry.
- Take x-rays to make certain that we find any unseen decay, tumors, cysts or bone loss that could lead to painful conditions or tooth loss in your future.
- Verify the soundness of your current dental restorations such as fillings, crowns, implants, etc.
- Plan the necessary steps and procedures for your dental cleaning, which follows the exam.
- Answer any questions you may have about improving your home dental care habits.
Dental X-Rays Compared to Natural Radiation
We all receive various amounts of radiation in our life. From necessary medical tests, to plane rides, to a simple walk in the sunshine, we are exposed to radiation in various ways. During your dental visit, all precautions are taken to limit your exposure. First, only the necessary images are taken using a very low dose with sophisticated machines. Second, your body is covered by a thick lead protector, so only your jaw and mouth area will receive this very pointed and limited dose of x-ray therapy. As a result, dental x-rays represent only a very tiny percentage of the radiation we receive simply from living on Planet Earth. The advantages to your overall health should far outweigh any worries you may have. X-rays are the very best way for Dr. Alizadeh to determine if you have any of the following conditions:
Types of X-ray Imaging
It is recommended that every year you have a “bitewing” x-ray image. This is the x-ray that has you bite down to get the right angle. This allows the dentists at the Marconi Dental Group to see the condition of your enamel and the height of the bone between the teeth.
Full-set x-rays of the entire mouth are suggested every three to five years, providing a complete view of every tooth in relation to the bone and neighboring teeth.
A periapical x-ray will take a picture of just one tooth. This will typically be done if you are complaining of a toothache, so that your dentist can examine that tooth specifically.
A panoramic x-ray of your teeth and jaw, called a Panorex, can be taken without having to place anything in your mouth. Both your upper and lower jaw are seen together with one picture. This kind of image is necessary for impacted teeth or to examine suspected problems below your gum line.
As part of his Carmichael dentistry practice, Dr. Alizadeh only recommends the x-rays necessary for ensuring your long-term oral health and safety. Every precaution to ensure your well-being is considered and utilized by the Marconi Dental Group. Don’t let fear take away this useful “super power” employed by your dentist to give you a healthy smile!
At home you’re working hard with regular brushing, flossing and dental care to keep your teeth clean, right? So why do you still need a professional cleaning? Because the dental hygienists at Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group have the training, experience, tools and equipment to get your teeth expertly clean. Think of it as calling in an energetic housecleaner who even does the oven and windows — for your mouth!
Your dental cleaning will remove accumulated tartar and calculus. These hard deposits collect on your teeth and just under your gum line and are major contributors to gum disease. Removing both substances regularly and professionally is essential to your dental health. This is a job for a trained technician!
Next comes polishing — which is as good for your teeth as it is for your car and silverware. Polishing will brighten your smile, removing any stains or plaque missed during the cleaning process. It leaves your teeth with that wonderfully smooth feeling that you only get with a professional cleaning job.
Has it been a long time since your last dental cleaning? If you have to think about it, it probably has. Make an appointment today with the Marconi Dental Group. With advances in dental technology and new techniques in sleep dentistry, your dental cleanings will be routine and your dental problems will be few and far between.